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2015/16: Means of Production Speakers’ Series

By | November 24th, 2017|

"Deana Bowen: Race + Media + Archive" Co-presented by Black Lives Matter Toronto Tuesday November 24th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204  From Ferguson to Toronto,Black lives have become targets– of violence, racism and misrepresentation. In this lecture/workshop, acclaimed Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen presented her recent work using archives to discuss representations of Blackness and narrative omissions in Canadian & US history. Deanna Bowenis a descendant of the Alabama- and Kentucky-born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and recent recipient of the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and museums. (Video Link:  

Winter 2017: Inuit Women’s Voices with Blandina Makkik & Marie-Helene Cousineau

By | April 11th, 2017|

Tuesday April 11th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204 The event will feature the screening of the documentary “Sol”, which examines youth suicide in the North. It was produced by Inuit women’s media production collective, Arnait Productions. The screening will be followed by a Skype discussion with filmmakers Marie-Hélène Cousineau(Montreal) and Susan Avingaq(Igloolik), moderated by Toronto-based Arnait member Blandina Makkik. Marie-Hélène Cousineau(Montreal) is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Arnait. Susan Avingaq(Inuk) has been a participant in Arnait projects since its inception. A renowned seamstress/artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women. Since its beginnings in 1991, Arnait Video Productionshas promoted [...]

Winter 2017: “Mapping Safe Crip Spaces” with Maayan Ziv

By | March 7th, 2017|

"Mapping Safe Crip Spaces" Maayan Ziv Tuesday March 7th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204  Mapping Safe Crip Spaces is an interactive workshop by disability activist and artist Maayan Ziv, who uses digital software to crowdsource and pinpoint accessible spacesacross Toronto. Maayan will explore the role that media plays in creating accessible communities, by sharing thoughts on how such a cultural shift can happen. Workshop participants will be asked to imagine media innovation and inclusivity for diverse communities. The event will be moderated by artist, organizer, researcher, and educator Dr. Eliza Chandler. Maayan Zivis an activist, a photographer and an entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada. From a young age, Maayan challenged [...]

Fall 2015: “Co-creation and Anti-Poverty Media” with Cathy Crowe and Dr. Alex Abramovich

By | November 10th, 2015|

Tuesday November 10th from 7:00-9:00pm Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204 Canada is in a housing crisis. On any given night, over 35,000 Canadians do not have a place to go home to. Declining wages, withdrawal of federal government support, reduced benefits and a severe lack of affordable housing are all contributing factors. This workshop asked: what happens when art is actually activism? Where do low-income people fit in? What happens when low-income people are involved in community art projects or individual activist works? ​ Cathy Croweis a well-known social activist, educator, and nurse. Crowe is a street nurse and has worked on issues such as shelter conditions and inadequate housing, for over [...]

“Aboriginal Community Media” with Dr. Raven Sinclair

By | October 20th, 2015|

Tuesday October 20th from 7:00-9:00pm George Vari Engineering Building (245 Church Street), Room 103  The 60s scoop is a shameful and little-known era of Canadian history. Following on the heels of the century-long residential schools system, it saw thousands of First Nations children forcibly taken from their homes via the child welfare system. Dr. Raven Sinclair, herself an adoptee of the scoop, comes to Ryerson to raise awareness about this issue. Dr. Sinclair discusses her latest film, There’s A Truth To Be Told,  a project that involved collecting the stories of ‘60s scoop survivors. The event was moderated by Dr. Cyndy Baskin, Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council and Associate Professor at the School of [...]

“Disability Media & Digital Stories”

By | September 29th, 2015|

with artist and activist Dr. Eliza Chandler. Tuesday September 29, 2015  Means of Production Speakers’ Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents an interactive lecture with Dr. Eliza Chandler. From "Elephant Man" to "The Theory of Everything", Hollywood cinema often presents disabled subjects as either pitiable or inspiring. Art and media by disabled people themselves tells a different story. Dr. Chandler discusses her work about the development of disability arts in Canada and shares skills in the technique of digital storytelling. (Video Link:  

Winter 15: Hacking the Culture: Migrant Dreams

By | March 3rd, 2015|

By Lisa Vanderwyk Min Sook Lee strives to create films that engage, excite and educate an audience; however, above all she strives to create films that inspire unity among people. Min Sook aims to accomplish this by sharing stories of human experience, to promote the importance of understanding and outreach. At the Migrant Dreams instalment of the Hacking The Culture series, Min Sook expresses this vision to an audience composed of filmmakers, artists, and activists. She speaks fondly of the subjects of her videos, describing a deep respect for those whose experiences she documents. An initial viewing of her Mayworks Festival submission, “Migrant Dreams”, presents interviews so intimate that it becomes clear that the subjects [...]

Migrant Media: An Evening with documentary filmmaker Min Sook Lee

By | February 12th, 2015|

Thursday February 12, 2015 Eaton Lecture Theatre (80 Gould Street) As Canada shifts its immigration policy to promote temporary, rather than permanent immigration policy, Toronto filmmaker Min Sook Lee has been tracking the effects of these changes on migrant workers’ lives. Min Sook Lee will be discussing art and activism and how her films about/with migrant workers are a tool for migrant worker justice. Showing excerpts from her award-winning documentaries, she will talk about building a sense of authorial voice and strengthening community engagement over time. After her presentation she'll be joined by Chris Ramsaroop of Justicia for Migrant Workers for a conversation and q&a. (Video Link:

Winter 2015: “Hands On: Artists/Activists Discuss State and Police Violence”

By | January 29th, 2015|

“Hands On: Artists/Activists Discuss State and Police Violence” Thursday January 29, 2015 Ryerson’s Image Arts Centre (122 Bond Street), Room 307 From Ferguson to WInnipeg to Toronto, citizens are speaking up against excessive use of force by the state. Ryerson’s Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought presents a forum featuring OISE professor and activist Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, documentary filmmaker Amar Wala, new media artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle, and photographer Abdi Osman. (Video Link: